$98,953
Avg. Salary
$48.71
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$9,826

Bonus

$7,500

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Sr. Geologist is $48.71 per hour.

The average pay for a Sr. Geologist is $98,953 per year.

10%
$26.82
10%
$48.71
50%
$102.71
90%
90%
MEDIAN $48.71
10%
$68k
10%
$99k
50%
$182k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $98,953
$68,255 - $181,849
$68K
$99K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,953
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$26.82 - $103
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MEDIAN: $48.71
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$0$215K
Salary $68,255 - $181,849
Bonus $1,018 - $42,564
Profit Sharing $1,003 - $30,913
Commission $4,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,081 - $215,062
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 233
Hourly Data $0$102
Hourly Rate $26.82 - $103
Overtime $26.92 - $77.00
Annual Data $0$215K
Bonus $1,018 - $42,564
Commission $4,000
Profit Sharing $1,003 - $30,913
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,081 - $215,062
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

Job Description for Sr. Geologist

A senior geologist is a high-level professional who is responsible for overseeing geological operations for a company. There are a wide variety of fields that employ geologists, ranging from petroleum to mining to specialized construction, and a senior geologist is (or several senior geologists are) employed to coordinate geology-related tasks. Depending on the field, the specific tasks of the senior geologist can vary widely. For example, in the petroleum industry, the senior geologist analyzes the geological makeup of potential drilling sites and tests the location's stratigraphic properties to ensure suitability for drilling and safety. Senior geologists are also employed to use geophysical and geotechnical techniques to locate and secure mineral deposits, develop mining structures and operations, and establish natural gas drilling sites, among other tasks.

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Sr. Geologist Tasks
  • Use software to generate complex maps such as cross sections, isopach, seismic or deposit models, etc.
  • Prepare, submit, and document budgets and costs to explain budget variances.
  • Supervise teams of engineers, direct activity, and make recommendations regarding feasibility and safety.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Geologist


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Senior Geologists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Petroleum Geologist. Median pay for Petroleum Geologists is $103K. Many Senior Geologists go on to become Environmental Project Managers or Hydrogeologists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $39K lower and $44K lower, respectively.

Sr. Geologist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Sr. Geologist


Senior Geologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Borehole Formation Evaluation and Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 91 percent and 54 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Environmental Consulting, Project Management, and Design. Most people experienced in Environmental Consulting also know Design.

Pay Difference by Location

96%

26%

National Average: $102,803

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Geologists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 95 percent greater than the national average. Senior Geologists will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+71 percent) and Denver (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 14 percent below the national average.

Sr. Geologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Geologist?

Sr. Geologist in Pittsburgh:
"Not bad as long as you have a good supervisor."
Pros: Freedom to control my own schedule
Cons: There are intraoffice Dynamics with many striving to gain as much power as possible. It makes it harder to just do work.

Sr. Geologist in Fairbanks:
Pros: People are nice
Cons: Cold weather

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Key Stats for Sr. Geologist

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
39%

Experience Affects Sr. Geologist Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$103,000

▼8%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Sr. Geologist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 13%